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Ryan Patrick Murphy

DUI and DWI Attorney at Watsonville, CA

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All Felonies and Misdemeanors. If you need a free consultation from a local Trial Attorney, feel free to give us a call.

    18 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    This includes both Alcohol and Drugs, whether your case is charged as a Felony or Misdemeanor, If you need a free consultation from a local Trial Attorney, feel free to give us a call.

    18 years

My practice concentrates on Criminal Defense and DUI cases that occur in Santa Cruz County and the Monterey Bay.  Everyone's concerns and goals are different, and we are here to try and meet your concerns and goals.  Every case is unique, and decided on a case-by-case basis.  We are here to let the judge know your side of the story and craft a resolution that makes your life easier.  If you need qualified advice from an actual Trial Attorney, please send an email and we will respond.                 

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Law Offices of Ryan P. Murphy
1151 Spring Hills Drive
Watsonville, CA, 95076


4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Ian | September 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I'm very glad that I chose Ryan to represent me. He delivered a more than satisfactory outcome for my circumstances. Ryan was cordial, punctual and professional throughout. I appreciated his straight talking, no-nonsense manner. I felt that Ryan was there fighting my corner for my best interests throughout. He pulled out all the stops and produced positive results. My advice is to listen to the man, do as he says, and you will be in good, safe hands. I wouldn't hesitate to reach out to him again in future. Thanks, Ryan. I am very grateful for your time, patience and effort.
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Posted by Aaron | June 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Words can't describe how happy I am that I chose Ryan to represent me for my DUI case. Some how Ryan was able to get my case COMPLETELY DROPPED and on top of that was very punctual, personable, and helpful throughout the entire process. If you are on the fence about what Attorney to hire, look no further because you've found the one. Hopefully I won't need his services again, but if I know someone who is in a similar situation I would 10/10 recommend Ryan Murphy.
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Posted by Frankie | March 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
From 2nd DUI to Wet and Reckless, Ryan Saved my Record
Ryan was off the bat a relaxing calm to what I thought was going to be a whirl-wind storm of a process. Every court date I did not have to be present for he handled for me. He called me after every appearance even if it was just to let me know of a continuance. He fought for me like we were old pals. His calming confidence really pits you at ease. His pricing was more than fair compared to the number of attorneys that were trying to charge me 7000+ in legal fees (one wasn't even in California and was still urging to take my case for 8000.00?!) In the end Ryan Saved me thousands of dollars and got my sentenced dropped from a misdemeanor 2nd Dui to a wet and reckless. Duo's suck, it's a stressful time regardless but with Ryan in your corner at least you'll know your in good hands, he fights for you like you're a family member and he produces results! I am more than happy with what he was able to provide me.
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Posted by Crystal | February 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ryan has never steered me wrong, very professional and knowledgeable! The best!!!
Posted by Cassius | February 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best DUI Attorney in Santa Cruz
After speaking with numerous DUI attorneys, I hired Attorney Ryan Murphy. He got my case dismissed, never lost my license, saved me thousands of dollars, and took care of everything, including the DMV case, without going to court and having to stand in front of the judge. Now, all my referrals go to Attorney Ryan Murphy, whatever the case is! Hire this guy, he's the best DUI Attorney in Santa Cruz County!
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Posted by Ivan | January 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best DUI attorney in Salinas
My experience with Mr. Ryan during my trail has been superb. A few months ago was charged with a DUI. I was worried about my military career and realized I needed the assistance of someone trustworthy and knowledgeable to manage this situation. After making multiple phone calls and reading many reviews I felt helpless. I came across Mr. Ryan who was diligent in returning my call and listening to the challenging dilemma I was in. He listened to my problems and was very informative of how we could proceed. Mr. Ryan gave me straight forward answers to all my question and kept me fully updated with information throughout the trail. He was encouraging of possibilities and outcomes of my case. Mr. Ryan superseded my expectation in what an attorney could do for me. He made a very stressful situation bearable with an open mind and for this I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Jerrod Thompson | August 5, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
U.S. Supreme Court member!
I have been using Attourney Ryan Murphy for over the last 6 years. During our working relationship he has always been honest and forthright about his ethics in and out of the court. I have always watched people and how they handle pressured situations. He holds no punches and at the same time has the patience to deal with the critical task of meeting my goals with concern in the outcome. I guess that's why Attourney Ryan Murphy is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court! He can handle it what ever it is for you.
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Posted by John C. | July 22, 2015
Known Ryan and his family for 20 years
I have known Ryan and his family for over 20 years. I've referred friends to Ryan and he has gotten good results. Ryan is honest, hardworking, and can get the job done. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Freddy | July 30, 2014
Regaining my license
Mr Murphy was a very big help in getting my license back. He helped me put my driving record straight and working again. I would recommend him to any one with dui's/dwi.
Posted by April | March 7, 2013
DUI attorney
I recently hired Ryan after being arrested for a DUI. Ryan did an excellent job with my case and putting my mind at ease during this stressful time. My DUI was reduced to a Wet and Reckless and Ryan took all the necessary steps to ensure my license did not get suspended. Ryan is professional, compassionalte, and well versed in his field. Hiring Ryan was the smartest thing I did after making a very stupid mistake. He saved me time, money, and my driving record. I would recommend him to anyone needing help with a DUI.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2012
An actually trial attorney, not some paperpusher or pushover
Arrested for public intoxication in downtown Monterey. I had 4 drinks over a very reasonable amount of time and stepped out to meet up with my wife (after her training seminar). As soon as I step onto the sidewalk I was asked to sit down and be quiet. I was not told what was going on until after I had been placed in handcuffs and hauled off to jail (Monterey PD notorious for meaningless PI arrests, several articles on the topic can be found via google). I spoke with Ryan and he let me know that I had a strong case and I didn't do anything wrong (even if I was intoxicated, my wife drove and I wasn’t causing any sort of scene). He explained the entire process and never rushed me off the phone. He answered every question I had in a very responsive manner. After an attempt to get the case dismissed failed, we set it for trial. Ryan was able pull my time waiver, forcing the court to set a date for jury trial within 30 days. After that, he was able to keep out all of the evidence with special motions used to address the discovery violations of the prosecutor. Finally he prevented the prosecutor from getting a continuance on my case as earlier he pulled the time waiver. All in all, the court decided to dismiss my case complete. Ryan is a shrewd negotiator and skilled trial attorney. Bottom line, if you truly want a fighter, you want Ryan Murphy.
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Posted by David | October 10, 2011
I got my first DUI 0.10 in August and Ryan P Murphy helped me through it with precise knowledge of The Legal System. If I ever run into any trouble again I will definitely be calling up Ryan P Murphy. He knows the area as well as the people, over all Great Experience. (Considering the circumstance).
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2011
Violation of DUI Probation
I had a DUI almost 5 years ago, and was recently caught driving with a .08-.09 blood alcohol level which was violation of DUI probation. I had a different lawyer for the first DUI, 5 years ago. I decided to get a different lawyer for this offense because the last one wasn't personable and hardly spent any time explaining details to me. The consultation with Ryan went very well. He explained everything so that I could understand what I was up against. He was always willing to take the time to discuss my case with me and answer my questions without trying to rush through the conversation, and is very personable. I was very satisfied with my decision to hire Ryan as my lawyer, and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Tracy | May 31, 2011
Ryan Murphy won best-cast scenario...Not Guilty!!
I had interviewed eight lawyers, in addition to Mr. Murphy, and he was by far the most informative regarding specific zero-tolerance related concerns. I was amazed how nebulous this citation code was for many other seasoned attorneys. Even a very nice former judge was not as knowledgeable with the zero-tolerance codes as Mr. Murphy is. He was straight forward and to the point. He was able to tell me, step by step, what was needed and what he would do. This was just the precursor to the outcome in court. Mr. Murphy was able to get my daughter a Not-Guilty outcome on a VC Section 23136(a). With two .02 readings, Mr. Murphy was able to conclude a high calibration, resulting in a solid margin of error, in addition to clarifying, in the defense of my daughter, other conflicting events that transpired at the time. He represented my daughter in court, with both officers present, with the precision of an expert in his field. He will also complete the procedures necessary with the DMV for the return of her driver’s license. As my husband and I are in So.CA and our daughter is in Santa Cruz, it was extremely important for us to know she was in good hands before the judge, as I do believe she would have been “sent to the wolves”, given her treatment at the arraignment. I highly recommend Mr. Murphy for legal representation.
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Posted by Mary | May 25, 2011
When I got my first dui this last March I wasn't sure what steps I needed to take in order to remain out of prison, and to ensure that the least amount of damage be done to my future. I called a few other lawyers, all of who seemed a bit daft, and then I called Ryan. He was the only lawyer I called that was able to blatantly tell me what I was up against, and what I needed to do. His rate was more than reasonable and his knowledge of the system was obvious. He was extremely professional, saved me a lot of cash in the long run, and reduced my charges significantly. Ryan was always available, always on top of it, and always informative. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll be calling Ryan Murphy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2011
Case Dismissed
First time DUI offender and I had no clue what to do, and here is the greatest part, I still don't know what to do. Ryan handled it all. My case was dropped and I still have my drivers license. A true no brainer. End of story. I will recommend his services to all of my knuckle-head buddies down the road.
Posted by Adam | March 11, 2011
Ryan Murphy Saved Me Thousands
I got a DUI in Monterey County and was arrested and taken to jail. When I got out I thought it would be a good idea to get a lawyer and found Mr. Murphy online. I met with Mr. Murphy at his office and he explained to me what would happen and what he would do for me. He was very knowledgeable and I was confident he would help me out greatly (which he did). This was my second DUI as I had received one when I was 17. The court charged me with a second offense. I would have had to go to jail and pay a much larger fine. I blew over a .15 so would have had to take an 18 month class which is significantly more expensive than the three month class. I would also have to have an interlock device on my car (this has a montly fee). With his knowledge and expertice, Mr. Murphy was able to have this offense charged as my first. He saved me from having to do jail time and from paying a much larger fine. Along with getting the case reduced to my first offense, he was able to have the court charge me as if I had blown under a .15. This reduced the class legnth I would have to take from 18 months to three months. It also meant I would not need an interlock device on my car. This saved me not only lots of time but also lots of money. Not to mention, through all of this, I did not have to go to court once. When I got my first DUI I did not get a lawyer and was charged to the full extent of the law. After my experience with Mr. Murphy, I wish I had got a lawyer for that case also; it would have been great to have him represent me there too! Overall I recommend anyone who gets a DUI to get a laywer. Mr Murphy would be your best choice. His experience and care will surely save you time and money and make the experience an easier one for you.
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Posted by Gordon | November 2, 2010
Ryan Murphy, a real advocate for his clients
I had the misfortune of being pulled over in Carmel for a DUI. I had a small quantity of marijuana on me in addition to a knife that I had brought along on a trip to the beach for carving sticks to make smores.To make matters worse, I had a fourteen-year old in the car, so I was also looking at a felony charge for child endangerment. The DA loaded up the charges: DUI, possession of marijuana, weapons possession, child endangerment, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer...I was, needless to say, worried that I would be dealt with harshly. When all was said and done, Ryan had everything reduced to a simple DUI. It was quite a piece of work, and he accomplished it primarily through informal negotiations with the DA. Ryan knows the law, and as importantly he knows how to negotiate with the DA's in Monterey County. Had we gone to trial, I would likely have had my ass handed to me, but Ryan was able to spare me that ordeal. I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough for any of your criminal defense needs. He is communicative, knowledgeable, timely in getting back to you, and a generally nice guy. I will be recommending him to any friends I have that end up in need of help.
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Posted by Jean | September 7, 2010
Driving under the influence
Mr. Murphy is very professional and prompt, If your there is any chance of winning the case then this is your guy. He will go to work for you, even if the case is not winnable he can help negotiate and win the best mitigation on your behalf. I highly recommend him, made a difference in my case.
Posted by Nicholas | September 3, 2010
Dui defense and criminal defense (148a)
I have used Ryan Murphy twice now on two different occassions and couldnt be more pleased with the results of both cases. I am a UCSC student and both of these charges happened in the Santa Cruz area. After I totalled my car, and was arrested with a DUI at the age of 20 in 2009, I called Ryan Murphy for help. He was straight forward and explained everything I needed to do. He took care of all the paper work, and even represented me in court without actually being present myself. I blew around a .16 BAC, twice the legal limit while being underage. I got off with just a 3 month program, and just 3 days of work release. Pretty much half the sentence I should have received. The second time I called Ryan for help was due to a 148a (resisting arrest) I received about a month ago in July of 2010. I was looking at a $1000 fine, a year in jail or both. He charged me a low price and took care of everything once again. On September 2, 2010 the day of my court date Ryan called me and told me the good news. He had the file completely erased. There were no charges, and nothing about the 148a on my record. I couldnt be more pleased with the excellent work Ryan did for me. Besides being a fantastic lawyer, he is down to earth, and easy to deal with unlike other lawyers. Id recommend him to all my friends and anyone else who needs help with a ticket or just simply needs legal advice.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • Law Offices of Ryan P. Murphy
  • 2007 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Monterey County Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2007


  • Monterey College of Law
  • JD- Juris Doctorate
  • 2005
  • California St Univ Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1999
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1996


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Ryan
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is my go-to connection for DUI expertese in Santa Cruz; my clients who I send to Ryan love him!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Ryan Murphy at a forensic toxicology seminar a few years ago. He believes in staying current with the law and the science behind DUI cases so he can be a strong and effective advocate for his clients. I highly endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"I met Attorney Ryan Murphy a year ago at a professional seminar. I was impressed with his knowledge and expertise regarding DUI/DWI cases. While I don't defend DUI cases currently, I did prosecute them in my first job out of law school. I know from first hand experience that a good defense attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of a case. I've been impressed with Ryan's dedication and expertise in this area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Ryan Murphy for his intelligence, skill, and professionalism. I have consistently been impressed with his knowledge of criminal law and his ability to deftly guide his clients through often difficult circumstances."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Murphy is a fantastic lawyer. He is very knowledgeable about the criminal law and all the new developments in the DUI field. His work ethics are superb. But more importantly, he treats his clients very well, putting their needs and concerns first, and working very hard to defend them. I would recommend Attorney Murphy without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his work ethics and interest in doing the best for his clients. He is fearless and caring."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Ryan Murphy for many years. If you want a lawyer that loves his work, is trustworthy, and does everything in his power to meet his clients' needs, hire him. I highly recommend and endorse Attorney Ryan Murphy. He is fearless when it comes to protecting his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Murphy is a litigator's litigator. He is fearless in the courtroom, and that courage comes from thorough preparation a sharp legal mind. I have called on Mr. Murphy to help me with a number of cases, and I recommend him without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan P. Murphy is an excellent trial attorney with superb knowledge in DUI and Criminal defense. He is a fighter and a strong advocate. He is genuine, willing to listen to his clients and above all, he is not intimidated by the legal system. Ryan is a highly skilled attorney and an outstanding individual."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Murphy has extensive experience in representing clients in DUI/DWI cases both in Superior Court and in administrative proceedings before the California DMV."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am writing to endorse this lawyer for numerous reasons, but two reasons are particularly important. First, Ryan Murphy is the hardest working lawyer that I know. When he accepts a case, or sets his mind to achieving a particular goal, Ryan will work around the clock to ensure that he performs at his absolute best. And second, Ryan is one of the finest people that I have had the privilege of knowing. As an officer in the U.S. Army, I know the importance of values like integrity, honesty, and moral courage. Ryan embodies these values and is of the highest moral character. When I deployed to Iraq, I trusted Ryan to handle particularly important estate-planning matters, and he succeeded with ease. I enthusiastically recommend his services to you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a friend and colleague of Ryan Murphy. He is a local attorney that works in Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz specializing in DUI defense. His regular appearances with local DMV hearing officers, Judges and prosecutors and knowledge of the DUI laws and regulations can help you save your license, save you money and mitigate your damages. I highly recommend his services if you are looking for representation in Monterey or Santa Cruz counties."
General practice Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"A lawyer that is passionate about his clients, trustworthy and works hard to get the outcomes his clients want. I would endorse him to work on many types of cases."
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